Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman on Bolton Wanderers defeat

Stanley boss John Coleman admits losing a two-goal lead that felt “heartbreaking” after their 3-2 loss to Bolton Wanderers at Wham Stadium.

Shaun Whalley gave the Reds an early lead before Coleman’s men doubled their lead with a George Johnston own goal.

But Bolton fought back with a Harvey Rodgers own goal, before Kieran Lee and Dapo Afolayan struck in a ruthless four-minute spell to secure the three points.

Coleman said: “At the time, going from 2-0 to losing is heartbreaking, but if we had won 2-0 it would have been tough for them because they were the better team.

“The turning point was the head clear of the line. I think if we had led 3-0 they would have struggled to recover.

“But they got the first one and we think it was a clear foul in the build-up to their second goal. However, when they get carried away they are hard to stop.

“It’s our third league defeat on the rebound, but the last time we did this we won three on the rebound, so we have to hope for the same.

“It’s worrying because we’ve conceded nine goals in our last three league games, but I don’t think today’s goals were as avoidable as some. They were the better team.

“It’s a long and tough season and we need to collect as many points as possible to make sure we stay fit.”

The result leaves Stanley 17th in the Ligue 1 table, while Bolton move up in the play-offs.

Coleman’s men are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Weston Homes Stadium to take on Peterborough United (KO 7.45pm).

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